Image Transfers :: An Easter Egg Decorating Idea

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Image Transfers - How to transfer images onto Easter eggsHappy Easter! I hope that you are your family are enjoying a lovely Easter holiday.

My daughters were surprised and excited to find that the Easter bunny hid their eggs inside the house today (a first for them) due to the rain.

Anyway, I wanted to share one last Easter egg decorating idea while it’s still somewhat relevant—

image transfers on Easter eggs

I know it’s too late for you to try it this year, but I’m very excited about this one. So pin it for next year! It is one of my new favorites and I’ll definitely be experimenting more with image transfers.

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Decorate Easter Eggs with Image Transfers

(This image transfer method is based on one I found for transferring printed images to wood on the blog Matsutake)


  • 8 1/2 x 11 sheet(s) of paper (I used our sulfite drawing paper)
  • Elmer’s glue
  • Foam brush or regular paint brush
  • Ink Jet printer/copier
  • Scissors
  • White eggs, hardboiled
  • Mod Podge


1. First, brush Elmers glue all over one or more sheets of paper. Let dry.

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2. Once the glue-covered paper is completely dry, print or copy your desired images onto the glue side. (Note: My paper buckled somewhat as it dried, so I pressed it under some heavy books first before printing on it.)

I used google image search to find bird illustrations and botanical illustrations—you can, of course, print anything from robots to butterflies. Smaller sizes work better, so if your image is large, resize it first or print it to a half page.

3.  Cut out the images you’d like to use to decorate your Easter eggs.

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4. Use Mod Podge to attach the image to the egg: brush a layer of Mod Podge over your egg, place the printed cut-out on the egg image side down, and brush more Mod Podge over the back of the paper. It won’t lie flat at first and you’ll need to rub the edges down a bit until it lies snugly against the egg as in the picture.

Neither of my kids liked this step, just FYI. They did one and then went off to play. This ended up being more of a mama project (but I loved it!).

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5. Once your images are all glued onto your Easter eggs, let dry completely.

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6. Then soak your eggs in a bowl of water to loosen the paper.

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7. Peel or rub off the loosened paper to reveal the image transfers. My kids LOVED this step! There will be a little glue and paper gunk on the egg still—just rub it off with your thumb or a sponge. It’ll come off easily.

Bird and botanical Easter eggs using an image transfer decorating method

8. Put the Easter eggs in little egg cups and admire!

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Besides the birds, we also decorated a bunch of Easter eggs with a variety of botanical illustrations, notably poppies.

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I LOVE the image transfers !

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  1. says

    These are so beautiful and have real wow factor. My boys don’t like the stick, sticky bits so this would be a project for me.

  2. says

    These turned out beautifully! We will have to try it. I was recently reading a Bev Bos book and she was saying she likes to decorate eggs with her preschoolers whenever she can and she has dozens available so everyone can do as many as they like.